Blues at Stars Game 5 - 5/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Louis Blues (55-27-10) at Dallas Stars (56-25-11)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Stars -120 / St. Louis Blues +109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars square off Saturday afternoon for game five at the American Airlines Center.
The St. Louis Blues hope to steal another road game this series in order to take back control of this series. The St. Louis Blues are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 21.5 percent of their power plays. Vladimir Tarasenko leads St. Louis with six goals, Robby Fabbri has seven assists and Alexander Steen has 29 shots on goal. Defensively, the St. Louis Blues are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.1 percent of their power play chances. Brian Elliott has allowed 27 goals on 384 shots faced. Elliott has given up seven goals in his last three games.
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The Dallas Stars hope to take a 3-2 series lead and inch one game closer to the Western Conference Finals. The Dallas Stars are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.1 percent of their power plays. Jamie Benn leads Dallas with five goals, Jason Spezza has seven assists and Patrick Sharp has 34 shots on goal. Defensively, the Dallas Stars are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.3 percent of their power play chances. Kari Lehtonen has given up 18 goals on 191 shots faced and Antti Niemi has given up 11 goals on 86 shots. Lehtonen has allowed eight goals in his last three games.
The Blues are 16-5 in their last 21 road games and 2-8 in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games. The Stars are 35-17 in their last 52 home games and 5-0 in their last 5 Saturday games. The Blues are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Dallas and 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall.
This seems like a must-win game for the home team, as the Blues are promised to go back to St. Louis. Dallas has done a wonderful job of protecting home ice all season long and is probably the better team overall in this series. I'll side with the Stars at the AAC.